Rage Against The Machine's Tom Morello is fortunate enough to have his own home recording studio, however he doesn't know how to operate it. He recently told Guitar World, “For the first four months or so (of the pandemic) I was absolutely adrift. You know, I have a nice studio in my house, but I don’t know how to work it. Like, I don’t know how to move any of the buttons around. So I was like, ‘I’m not going to be able to play shows. I’m not going to be able to record music.'”
Despite his lack of studio knowledge, Morello managed to release two solo projects during the pandemic — The Altas Underground Fire and The Atlas Underground Flood — in addition to an EP with the Bloody Beetroots.
Morello says he figured out how to get around the studio issue by taking a cue from Kanye West. He explained, “I was reading an interview where Kanye West said he recorded the vocals to a couple of his big hit records using the voice memo on his phone, so I did that. (I set my phone up) on a little folding chair. My laptop’s open so I can have, like, the BPMs in my ears or whatever, and the phone is balanced on the edge of the laptop on a chair facing the amp.”